Tagged particle dynamics in supercooled quantum liquids

Ankita Das, Gopika Krishnan, Eran Rabani, Upendra Harbola

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We analyze the dynamics of quantum supercooled liquids in terms of tagged particle dynamics. Unlike the classical case, uncertainty in the position of a particle in quantum liquid leads to qualitative changes. We demonstrate these effects in the dynamics of the first two moments of displacements, namely, the mean-squared displacement, (?r2(t)), and (?r4(t)). Results are presented for a hard-sphere liquid using mode-coupling theory formulation and simulation on a binary Lennard-Jones liquid. As the quantumness (controlled by the de Broglie thermal wavelength) is increased, a nonzero value of the moments at zero time leads to significant deviations from the classical behavior in the initial dynamics. Initial displacement shows ballistic behavior (?r2(t))~t2, but, as a result of large uncertainty in the position, the dynamical effects become weaker with increasing quantumness over this timescale.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054136
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


FundersFunder number
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
University Grants Commission
Science and Engineering Research BoardCRG/2020/001110


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